DRAFTED BY : SHANNON LITTLE

Throughout our lives we meet people who have a special quality about them, some people call it a gift. They have this ability to bring people together, and always make people feel like they matter, as if they are truly the most beautiful, and important person in the room. Raphael Mazzucco has this amazing ability for he has been the ‘cosmic connector’ for so many people throughout not only his illustrious career, but for the careers of many others.

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Vernard Goud, of LuvnGrace Entertainment Events : Beauty, Art, Music & Fashion, has been a long time friend and business associate of Raphael’s. They had planned to do an event together in the Bahama’s on October 22nd, 2015, however, due to Raphael’s previous commitments to his other big art shows in London he had to decline. During their conversations about this event however, Raphael mentioned that he had written the foreword in Pamela Anderson’s and Emma Dunlavey’s new, soon to be released, book ‘RAW’. Raphael suggested that perhaps Vernard should work with the ladies in promoting their book, and of course, he was immediately interested. After a few phone calls he was introduced via “text” message to the lovely co-author/photographer Emma Dunlavey, Pamela’s best friend, and ‘partner in crime’ for the last 20 years.

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From their first phone call it “just felt like home right away” ~ Vernard Goud.  They had an instant connection sharing so many things in common, like the fact that they had both emigrated to North America at young ages, Vernard in his early teens, and Emma in her early twenties.  To their iconic love for David Bowie, love for art, creativity, and beauty. “Raphael is a big fan of her work and I agree with him.  She is an amazing talent, and an absolutely beautiful person inside, and outside!  I am truly looking forward to doing so many projects with her!” ~ Vernard Goud. He knew that working on the ‘RAW’ book tour would be amazing, and that Vancouver, BC, Pamela’s hometown Province, would literally just be the starting point of this beautiful friendship, and working relationship. Tour dates are currently being set for Art Basel Miami, and possibly South Africa and Mexico City. From the first introduction in June until the actual book signing, and After Party date of September 18th, 2015, there was constant communication between Vernard and Emma, and Emma and Pamela regarding the details on how these two events were going to come together. Vernard had a great team of friends, family and colleagues working alongside him to bring in sponsors, media, photographers, and even the venue where this fabulous event occurred.


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Thanks to Myriam Callot’s connections, the Pinnacle Vancouver Harbourfront Hotel hosted the media/book signing event during the afternoon, the After Party in the revolving restaurant, as well as provided rooms for Pamela and Emma during their stay in Vancouver.  ROA Floral and Event Designs created exquisite floral arrangements for the media room tables and throughout the revolving restaurant for the After Party. RJ Haber, Lauren Johnston, Victoria Safronova, Giselle Villar of RSVP Beauty, ZEND Conscious Lounge, The Hatch Winery, Babak Mehr of Pure Integrative Pharmacy, and Ryan Hoy of Pink Limo Service all provided incredible support, and products for this event.

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There was a plethora of media and photographers who were invited to a pre meet and greet with Pamela and Emma, before the official book signing was to occur in the afternoon.

Marcello Leone a long time friend of Vernard’s, and Martino Ciambrelli, President of Trace Mineral Water, (that can be found in local stores), and also is the Director of RYU Apparel Inc. (Respect Your Universe) Beautiful Tough Clothing Line will be opening their flagship store on 4th and Burrard next month, in Kitsilano, were the official sponsors of this tour. Martino introduced Pamela and welcomed her back home, stating that his companies were proud supporters of local talent.

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After the initial welcome Pamela and Emma both stood behind a podium, then Pamela thanked everyone for coming, and proceeded to introduce her longtime dear friend and co-author Emma Dunlavey, on their most recent project ‘RAW’, where proceeds from every purchase go towards the PAMELAANDERSONFOUNDATION.ORG. She explained that it was a compilation of photos of their time spent together, Pamela’s journaling, poetry, and Emma’s painting all combined in a scrapbook format.

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BenBella Books, Inc. who will be putting out Pamela’s next book “The Sensual Vegan”, “which is not just about food, but about compassionate choices and living.” ~ Pamela Anderson, agreed to publish ‘RAW’ as well if the ladies could submit it within six weeks. Marilyn R. Wilson asked Emma to describe what it was like to create this incredibly unique, personal behind the scenes book about Pamela’s life that she was so intimately involved with on so many levels. Emma, who is so animated while talking, using her hands and laughing all the time, recalled what those six weeks were like, saying that ‘RAW’ was “literally made by hand”.  She had her kids, husband, and animals all trying to tiptoe through the maze of 400-500 photos all over the floor of the house.  Each and every decision that Pamela and she made was a first for each of them, as neither of them had ever created a book before, let alone in a six week time period.

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We are really proud of the book.  “We had a lot of fun making it so we hope people have a lot of fun reading it. I think that’s what it’s all about.” ~ Pamela Anderson.  It truly represents “20 years worth of friendship and shooting pictures along the way. Celebrating that whole period of our lives, we’ve become almost like sisters, had our kids, and we’ve grown up a lot together…each picture has so many memories to it.” ~ Emma Dunlavey  Angela Krewenchuk, Founder of Metro-Living-Zine (MLZ) magazine was curious as to how Pamela and Emma connected 20 years ago. Emma with her quick British humour quickly replied that she was basically “fresh off the boat from England…and working as a make-up artist.” ~ Emma Dunlavey. The photographer she was working with at the time, said he shot Pamela often, and he would love for Emma to do her make-up.  As excited as Emma was with this prospect, she did not believe it would ever come true.  However, within a week he called, and said he had a job for her to do Pamela’s make-up on a photo shoot.

Once again, Emma had the whole media audience laughing as she recalled her first day meeting Pamela. She said she was so nervous that when Pamela came in like her usual lovely, bubbly self, and sat down in the chair her first words were, “You know, Oh WOW! This is such a huge honour, and I have been waiting so long to get my hands on you!” ~ Emma Dunlavey. They both died laughing, and it turned out to be a fabulous ice breaker as Emma quickly said that she meant she had been waiting so long to WORK with Pamela, not get her HANDS on her.  They went to New York after that photo shoot, and from then on their working relationship and friendship blossomed.

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Pamela also expressed that she and Emma “have a lot in common. We both have kids, we both have gone through a lot of ups and downs. I think it’s really important to have another really good girlfriend, and especially in this career.  I have my best friend from home…but I don’t have too many good girlfriend’s, and I just really treasure our friendship, and she’s just been such a great person to work with, and you can really let your guard down.” ~ Pamela Anderson. Then she made the room laugh as she smiled and lovingly looked at Emma saying, she was not always aware however, when photos were being taken of her, to which Emma pretended to do her now infamous ninja style shoot from the hip pose.

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Although this media event was intended for the launch of their book ‘RAW’, political and environmental questions were asked of Pamela. She is extremely passionate about the environment, animals and the effect that climate change is having on the whole world.  When asked if she could vote in the upcoming Federal Canadian election her immediate response was that she “wouldn’t vote for Harper” ~ Pamela Anderson.  She believes that climate change should be the most important issue and he does not have a solid track record regarding this issue.

What was so inspirational to learn about Pamela through this private media interview session, was that she is using her Super Star fame and voice to make a difference in the world regarding issues that are not self-centered or me-focused. She is in fact concerned with issues that affect the whole world, about those who may not have a voice, or the power to fight back on their own against the atrocities, and violence that is being inflicted upon them.  Such as animals, vulnerable people, and, of course the environment.

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She recognizes her unique position to get information out to the world, and admittedly acknowledges that she is not a scholar or a scientist about the things she is most passionate. However, she surrounds herself with very wise friends whom she greatly admires, respects and finds inspirational.  And when it comes time to write letters to people of influence and in powerful positions, she calls upon them for support to help her clarify, and succinctly, and intelligently, voice her opinion on issues that she believes in, wants to take a stand for, or against.

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Seeing as Raphael Mazzucco was the initial connection between Vernard, Emma and Pamela, knowing that Pamela had worked with Raphael in the past, and that Emma was a huge fan of his work, I was curious to find out how Pamela felt about him, and how Emma felt about Raphael being a fan of her work. Emma was completely blown away by the fact that he was a fan of her work because as far as she is concerned he is a genius.  It is “a huge, huge compliment…Raphy is such a wonderful, supportive, amazing person apart from being creatively genius.” ~ Emma Dunlavey

The love and respect between these two friends was so apparent as they responded to my question, as Pamela literally turned to Emma and said, “And so are you” (in regards to being a genius), and then she continued by saying, “And for his stamp of approval it’s so exciting” ~ Pamela Anderson, because Emma’s just at the start of her career and, “that’s another reason why I wanted to do this book, I wanted people to see her talent, and her abilities.” ~ Pamela Anderson. As for Raphael, ”he is a miracle, and he has been such a good friend and it’s fun to shoot with him for sure, because he always makes you look good.” ~ Pamela Anderson

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There are so many beautiful photos throughout the book.  Funny behind the scenes shots, intimate unplanned candid moments, professional photo shoots, clothed, nude, playful, sexy, each one conveying a story, and a memory that the audience can feel, or imagine. The bond between the two friends is expressed in the photos, and there is a synergy between artist and muse. “The whole book, it’s really celebrating sensuality and just being female, and you know there is a lot of energy in there.” ~ Emma Dunlavey

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After the media interview session was completed, the crowd that was so excitedly waiting outside entered.  Pamela and Emma signed everyone’s books, posed for pictures, and chatted amiably with each and every person who was there to meet them.

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When guests first arrived at the After Party that was held in the top of the Pinnacle Vancouver Harbourfront Hotel’s revolving restaurant they were greeted by the beautiful hostesses Tereza Anne, Melissa Kubek, Melina Pham, and Galina Sanand. Once they reached the top of the stairs guests could have their photos taken by a multitude of incredible photographers in front of two different media sponsor walls, pose with the beautiful live costume sculptures from The House of Barnes ‘The Forgotten Goddess’, and have drinks at various bars throughout the lounge, enjoy appetizers, and dance to the always fabulous beats of MISS DJ – Chelsea Joelle.

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Upon the arrival of Pamela and Emma, who were immediately taken into the VIP section and were seated on a couch in a roped off section, the crowd, surprisingly became a LITTLE mob like. Cameras were flashing and people were desperately trying to get as close as possible to the beautiful “local girl” who had become a World Famous Super Star and her beautiful best friend.

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Jimmy Cummins, local iconic artist was not able to perform for the ladies and other guests as the crowd was simply too large and focused around the VIP guests. 

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Even the host of the evening, Jim Michaels, co-executive producer for the hit TV series SUPERNATURAL, had to physically show Pamela and Emma his LITTLE note that he received from BORAT, (a movie that Pamela starred in) as the crowd was unable to hear him recite it in the VIP section. Pamela and Emma both loved it as the note requested another ‘RAW’ book and thanked her for dropping all the previous charges against him.


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The crowd loved meeting Pamela and Emma who graciously posed for photos and sat, and chatted with as many guests as possible.  But it was madness, and I was a LITTLE taken aback that the crowd did not respect the ladies space enough to even let them go to the bathroom without Keith the bodyguard walking them to it.

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Overall, both events were a huge success.  The smiles on the faces in the photos say it all.  And the positive feedback that is still continuing on all the social media sites a week later is proof that the people of Vancouver LOVE Pamela Anderson and Emma Dunlavey.  We are extremely proud of our local talent and now incredibly honoured to know the brilliant talent, originally from across the pond.


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As the book tour continues Pamela and Emma will undoubtedly create more memories, perhaps a sequel to ‘RAW’ will be the result?

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One thing is for certain the title ‘RAW’ literally encapsulates this book.  It is a stunningly, captivating expression of photos, typewritten poetry, and handwritten notes by the beautiful and World Famous, actress, activist, and author Pamela Anderson, who lets us into her private thoughts, and behind-the-scenes life in a stripped down, intimate manner.  The special sister-like friendship between Emma Dunlavey, the beautiful, and brilliant photographer/artist/co-author of ‘RAW’, and Pamela only enhances the uniqueness of this book, and proves that just like with people, one can never judge a book by its cover, for true, ‘RAW’, inner beauty is often discovered on the inside.


‘RAW’ ~ PAMELA ANDERSON and EMMA DUNLAVEY BOOK SIGNING MEDIA EVENT & AFTER PARTY PHOTO GALLERY